Protestant Kirche am Markt in Goch
|• Mayor||Karl-Heinz Otto (CDU)|
|• Total||115.38 km2 (44.55 sq mi)|
|Elevation||18 m (59 ft)|
|• Density||290/km2 (740/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)|
02827 (Kessel, Hassum, Hommersum)
Goch (archaic spelling: Gog, Dutch: Gogh) is a town in the district of Kleve, in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. It is situated close to the border with the Netherlands, approx. 12 km (7 mi) south of Kleve, and 27 km (17 mi) southeast of Nijmegen.
Goch is at least 750 years old: the earliest mention of Goch is in a document dated 1259. It was a part of the Duchy of Cleves. During World War II, the city was completely destroyed by Allied bombers.
Notable natives and residents
The city is the birthplace of:
- Olympic Champion Josefa Idem
- Otto III, Holy Roman Emperor
- Medieval theologian Johannes von Goch
- Arnold Janssen, founder of the Society of the Divine Word, a Roman Catholic missionary congregation
The Spanish author, military leader, and governor of the Spanish Netherlands, Francisco de Moncada, died here in 1635.
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